Sunday October 10, 2010
WOLVERHAMPTON face a major recovery mission at Monmore Green on Monday night after going down to a heavy first-leg Cup semi-final defeat against Eastbourne.

Parrys International Wolves were unable to repeat their Arlington form of earlier this season and they ran into an inspired home side, who limited them to just one race winner.

That went to Ty Proctor in Heat 8, and the Australian also managed to double-up a second place for four points in Heat 11, but by then Wolves were already trying to limit damage as they were 43-17 down.

With Tai Woffinden absent due to a Polish commitment and Fredrik Lindgren enduring a disastrous meeting, Wolves were unable to gain heat advantages, whilst the Eagles scored solidly down the order and Lewis Bridger proved to be a very effective guest for Lukas Dryml, as he won his first four rides.

And even though home No.1 Matej Zagar ran two last places - including in Heat 1 - captain Cameron Woodward enjoyed one of the nights of his career as he romped to a six-ride paid maximum.

Wolves were keeping things close early on but Lindgren crashed out of Heat 5 to spark a run of five home 5-1s in a nightmare six-race spell, broken only by Proctor's success when he passed Tomasz Jedrzejak on the third lap.

Wolves trailed by 24 points with three heats to go but were unable avoid further damage as the Eagles took those races by a 14-4 margin to make themselves strong favourites to reach the Final - but Wolves will be determined to hit back at home on Monday.

EASTBOURNE 63: Cameron Woodward 15+3, Lewis Bridger 13, Matej Zagar 11+1, Tomasz Jedrzejak 10+2, Simon Gustafsson 9+1, Ricky King 5+1, Joonas Kylmakorpi R/R.

WOLVERHAMPTON 29: Ty Proctor 13, Adam Skornicki 5, Matt Wethers 4+1, Nicolai Klindt 4, Fredrik Lindgren 3+2, Ludvig Lindgren 0, Tai Woffinden R/R.

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